And the Emmy goes too! *drumroll please* Well, not Emmy, but the Webby! In case you did not know, the Webby Awards are awards for extremely well-executed websites! The website I chose from the Webby Awards was Variety. Variety is a website for entertainment of all kinds. TV, movies, and technology This is a well-known website in the Hollywood industry, and most of the time it is an honor to make it onto the website.
Variety contains articles and interviews about your favorite television and movie stars. You can gain a lot of insight into what happens within these sets from these articles. You open the web page and the first thing available to your eye is first, the newest and most popular articles, but above there is a bar with different categories such as “Film, TV, What to Watch, Music, Docs, Tech, Global, Awards Circuit, Video, and What to Hear.”
I would give the user experience on this page an 8/10. I believe this website is more accessible to people who know what they’re looking for; otherwise, the website may seem confusing and overwhelming. For example, there is just a lot thrown at you at once when opening the website page. Once you click on the category you are looking at, the articles are much more organized. Another pro of this website is its responsive design. This means that the website adapts to what device you’re on. When I opened the website on my phone, it was Completely form-fitted.
On the WAVE Webaim website, the score was semi-good. The website did have multiple errors on each page, which always ended up being errors with the font and contrast, which can impact people who are visually impaired. Another common error on this website was the lack of ALT text on some pages and the odd spacing.
This website does have a clear audience; it’s very much for audiences interested in what is going on in the entertainment industry. I don’t think anyone who isn’t regularly checking in on pop culture would be interested in what’s on this website or have a reason to be on it in the first place. For example, I like looking on Variety if a show I’m watching gets canceled because usually there’s an article up about it that gives more insight on the cancellation. I also like looking through the articles with interviews about upcoming movies or series because it gives you those BTS details that get you excited about the release!
This site does not inspire me to think differently about my website’s design only because they have two different purposes and two different aesthetics. This website is here to inform you of the latest news on what’s happening in the entertainment industry, while my website is more of a lifestyle blog all around.
Overall, as someone who is into movies, TV, and all things pop culture, I love this website. It’s so interesting to me, and I love getting that deeper insight into it. Obviously, no website is perfect, but I see why this website was mentioned in the honorable mentions of the Webby Awards.